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Promises, Risks, and Teamwork: Quaker Involvement in the Antebellum Anti-Slavery Movement and the Underground Railroad

Come join us Sunday, February 26th at 12:00 noon in the Merion Friends Meetinghouse at 615 Montgomery Avenue in Merion Station. Christopher Densmore and Emma Lapsansky-Werner will speak on the dramatic strategies and techniques employed in helping to undermine slavery and to assist fugitive slaves. These efforts called upon the energies and cunning of a wide network of participants at home and abroad. This talk explores some of the Quaker input into that drama.

After the lecture, we will adjourn to the Activities Building, where there will be a potluck lunch for all to enjoy. (Snow date is Sunday, March 19th.) Sponsored by the Merion Friends Meeting, the event is free and open to the general public.

The lecture follows our regular weekly meeting for worship at 11:00 am – 12 noon, also in the Meetinghouse. Anyone who would like to attend a Quaker meeting is welcome to arrive at 11:00 to join us. Members will be available to answer questions about Quakerism, both before meeting for worship as well as at the potluck luncheon. Children are welcome to join the class at our First Day School in the Activities Building at 11:00 am as well.



Christopher Densmore, curator for the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College
Christopher Densmore is a historian and Curator for the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College. He specializes in the history of Quakers and slavery, in particular the underground railroad. His books include Red Jacket, a biography of the Iroquois diplomat, and Quaker Crosscurrents about the Friends Yearly Meeting of New York State.



Emma Lapansky-Werner, emeritus professor of history and emeritus curator of the Quaker collection at Haverford College
Emma Lapsansky-Werner is Emeritus Professor of History and Emeritus Curator of the Quaker Collection at Haverford College. She specializes in Quaker and African-American history and the intersection of the two. Her books include Quaker Aesthetics and Back to Africa: Benjamin Coates and Colonization. She is currently recording clerk of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting.




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